SAVE THE LAST DANCE: a hip, hopeful MTV romance (2000 in Film #2)

20 years on from the year 2001, I’m looking back at some of the films across the year which stood out as among the more interesting, and year-defining, pictures… This week, released on the weekend of January 12th, Thomas Carter’s Save the Last Dance… Anyone who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s understands the power MTV hadContinue reading “SAVE THE LAST DANCE: a hip, hopeful MTV romance (2000 in Film #2)”

New Interview: MYTH-BUILDING IN MODERN MEDIA on Author Interviews

Brand new interview. I was very pleased to be featured on the excellent Author Interviews site, alongside some rather esteemed contemporaries, to discuss my book Myth-Building in Modern Media, my writing journey and practices, and what I’ve been enjoying reading lately. This was conducted during the Covid-19 lockdown in the summer but it’s still aContinue reading “New Interview: MYTH-BUILDING IN MODERN MEDIA on Author Interviews”

New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Cinematic Royalty’ (The Queen & The Crown)

Brand new podcast appearance. In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney, joined by special guest Sarah. L. Blair, are talking royalty with the return of prestige Netflix series The Crown. They discuss the series in the context of films about royalty, such as Stephen Frears’ The Queen, and how TheContinue reading “New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Cinematic Royalty’ (The Queen & The Crown)”

Go Go, Power Franchise! Revisiting POWER RANGERS

Craig McKenzie, in the wake of news about a brand new Power Rangers universe, revisits the franchise… Power Rangers is in the news once again with Hasbro hiring Jonathan Entwistle to head up a shared universe of film and TV adaptations of the franchise. Entwistle has said that he’s working on a “reboot universe” andContinue reading “Go Go, Power Franchise! Revisiting POWER RANGERS”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Repercussions’ (3×05 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… Outside of Reunion, Repercussions probably stands as the least remarkable episode of Alias’ third season yet, operating as it does in the shadow ofContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Repercussions’ (3×05 – Review)”

Book Review: ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION (Nicholas Parisi)

Eric Gilliland with a review of Nicholas Parisi’s deep dive into one of television’s greatest storytellers… Few figures have influenced the popular memory more than Rod Serling (1924-1975). His work continues to captivate the imaginations of millions in the decades since his passing. In our current era of uncertainty with a creeping authoritarianism seeping into the politicalContinue reading “Book Review: ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION (Nicholas Parisi)”

THE CROWN: The Ladies Not For Turning (Season 4 – Review)

The fourth season of The Crown revolves around three of the most powerful, beloved and divisive women in 20th century British history: Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher and Diana, Princess of Wales. That makes Season Four of Peter Morgan’s half-century-plus spanning political, dramatic opus perhaps the most anticipated year of the series to date. FilledContinue reading “THE CROWN: The Ladies Not For Turning (Season 4 – Review)”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘A Missing Link’ (3×04 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… Having established the base foundation of Season Three, Alias is free to begin assembling the building blocks in A Missing Link, the first episodeContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘A Missing Link’ (3×04 – Review)”

New Guest Podcast Appearance: THE MOVIE PALACE – ‘The Long Goodbye’

Brand new podcast appearance. In the latest episode of The Movie Palace, I step in as host, joined by guest Leslie Byron Pitt, to discuss Robert Altman’s classic 1973 Raymond Chandler adaptation, The Long Goodbye…

New Podcast Appearance: FANDOMENTALS PODCAST – ‘Non-Fiction Writing with Tony Black’

Brand new podcast appearance. In the latest episode of Fandomentals Podcast, I was delighted to join host Harley Mumford to discuss my journey as a writer, my book and non-fiction writing in general. It was a really interesting chat and Harley a great host in the bargain, so do consider subscribing to the show.